2024 Pirelli Calendar by Prince Gyasi

The cover of the 2024 Pirelli Calendar makes for an intriguing start to visual artist Prince Gyasi’s unique take on this iconic publication. Set against a bright turquoise background and filled with colourful details, it features seven-year-old model Abul Faid Yussif representing the young Gyasi.

Yussif is pictured playing with miniature versions of some of the items that appear within the Calendar’s pages: a key held by Hollywood legend Angela Bassett; pieces of a clock from supermodel Naomi Campbell’s set; pink ladders climbed by the poet Amanda Gorman; a blue suitcase carried by actor and DJ Idris Elba.

The image is a guide to help us understand some of the finer points of Gyasi’s highly personal and moving approach, because this is the way his richly layered Calendar unfolds – full of meticulous details and messages, worthy of the Renaissance paintings he admires.

Inspiring “other kids like me”

Within its pages, Gyasi refers to his heritage, his community, his inspirations – from the mythology he used to enjoy reading with his mother to the king of West Africa’s historical Asante Empire, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (who is also photographed). And as he describes in an introductory script – printed in a font specially created to reproduce his handwriting ­– those featured in the Calendar include both people he admired as a child as well as new inspirations. They are people, he says, who are “timeless”.

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